This afternoon USA Soccer finalized their 30-man preliminary roster for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. From today forward the U.S. Team will be holding training camp in efforts to cut the team down to its final roster of 23 players by the June 1st FIFA deadline. What players made the cut? Who missed? A few surprises unfolded for the U.S. team. One of note was the story of Charlie Davies. You may recognize Davies as the U.S. soccer player who was almost killed in a car accident in late 2009. After rehabbing and setting a goal to make it back in time for the World Cup….Davies was left off the roster. Also left off the roster was Freddie Adu. Wasn’t Adu supposed to be future of U.S. soccer a few years ago? I guess that isn’t the way it worked out.
Some of the players who were added that were off the radar include Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Herculez Gomez of Mexico’s Puebla. Buddle leads the MLS with 11 goals this season. Gomez became the first American to lead the Mexican league in scoring, tying for the high with 10 goals.
Here is the rest of the roster that was chosen:
Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England).
Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start, Norway), Chad Marshall (Columbus), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Heath Pearce (Dallas), Jonathan Spector (West Ham, England).
Midfielders: DaMarcus Beasley (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Alejandro Bedoya (Orebro, Sweden), Michael Bradley (Borussia Moenchengladbach, Germany), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany), Clint Dempsey (Fulham, England), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles), Maurice Edu (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland), Benny Feilhaber (AGF Aarhus, Denmark), Stuart Holden (Bolton, England), Sacha Kljestan (Chivas USA), Robbie Rogers (Columbus), Jose Torres (Pachuca, Mexico).
Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Hull, England), Edson Buddle (Los Angeles), Brian Ching (Houston), Robbie Findley (Salt Lake), Herculez Gomez (Puebla, Mexico), Eddie Johnson (Aris, Greece).